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British English: /ˈfɪd(ə)l/
American English: /ˈfɪdl/

Translation of fiddle in French:


  • 1 [informal] (dishonest scheme)
    magouille (f) [informal] uncountable
    to work a fiddle
    magouiller quelque chose [informal]
    it's a complete fiddle!
    c'est de la grosse magouille! [informal]
    to be on the fiddle
    traficoter [informal]

transitive verb

intransitive verb

  • 1 (fidget)to fiddle with something
    tripoter quelque chose
  • 2 (adjust)to fiddle with
    tourner (knobs, controls)


to be as fit as a fiddle

être en pleine santé

to fiddle while Rome burns

se ficher de tout comme de l'an 40 [informal]

to have a face as long as a fiddle

faire une tête d'enterrement or de six pieds de long [informal]

to play second fiddle to somebody

être le sous-fifre de quelqu'un [informal]

Phrasal verbs

fiddle around

1 fiddle around
traîner sa flemme [informal]
2 fiddle around with [something]
(readjust) bricoler (typewriter, engine)
(fidget) jouer avec (corkscrew, elastic band)
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